OFFSTAGE: Charles Kelley’s Dad Can Relate to “Need You Now”

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Fine. Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” hits home with a lot of people. I get that. The late-night tipsy booty call is something everyone’s guilty of. But even the dads of the band? That’s a little harder to handle. But lead singer Charles Kelley thinks that’s why the song’s so popular with so many. Even his own father. “I guess we’ve all been there,” Kelley said. “I mean, when you have someone like my dad who I’m like, ’Don’t tell me you relate to that.’ He’s like, ’I’ve been there before.’ And that’s kind of when you know, ’Wow, OK, I guess everyone’s had that moment.'” He doesn’t say which moment, but I hope he means the ones about the romantic longing like, “Guess I’d rather hurt than feel nothing at all” or “I wonder if I ever cross your mind.” But we’re all human, so it could be the sexier lines like, “Another shot of whiskey, can’t stop looking at the door” or one of the most famous and honest lyrics of all, “It’s a quarter after one, I’m a little drunk, and I need you now.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.